Afghanistan Will Now Include Mothers’ Names in Children’s Birth Certificates

Afghan mothers will have their names printed on their children’s national identity cards, thanks to the #WhereIsMyName campaign, which challenged taboos around women’s names.

President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday signed into law an amendment long sought by women’s rights campaigners.

Until now, Afghan law dictated that only the father’s name should be recorded on ID cards.

Using a woman’s name in public in Afghanistan is traditionally frowned upon and can be considered an insult.

Access To Education and Literacy Are Fundamental To the Protection of Afghan Women’s Rights

The Afghan “peace” process is intensifying, with talks soon to begin between the government and Taliban. But advances in women’s rights over the last decades, including the opportunities created by increased literacy and access to education, are at risk of betrayal by a rushed negotiation designed exclusively to advance U.S. strategic interests, with neither the Afghan government nor civil society and women’s rights groups having been meaningfully involved.

The total number of girls enrolled in schools across Afghanistan has gone from only 9,000 in 1999, to more than 2.4 million girls today. This fragile success story is now under threat.